The Replacements
Pleased To Meet Me


4.5
superb

Review

by JohnXDoesn't USER (97 Reviews)
September 28th, 2015 | 9 replies


Release Date: 1987 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The words I thought I brought I left behind....obviously

The is an album. What an album it is. A great, big, loud, rock 'n roll album full of delicious pop hooks and raging guitars. It would be the album that saved rock 'n roll years before rock 'n roll was saved by some bands from Seattle. If only the radio wasn't ruled by crap like Bon Jovi and Def Whatever at the time The Replacements would have been king. Instead they peaked at #131 on the charts and we had to put up with Matt Wallace produced crap from the band on their next album as they attempted to crack the mainstream. Yup, this is what #131 sounds like to the Billboard Hot 100. If it had made the Hot 100. If your parents or grandparents now want to tell you they were rocking this s**t way back when, they are filthy liars. So who are all those people now at the Replacement reunion gigs" I sure as hell don't know, but they weren't there way back when.

Anywho this album has got the goods. From the opening rage of I.O.U to the closing pop classic Can't Hardly Wait with it's soulful horns and and guitar riff from heaven. In between you'll find the uproarious youth anthem Alex Chilton celebrating youth, the smokey jazz of Nightclub Jitters which is as good as any smokey jazz, the angst laden The Ledge which does indeed sound like a nervous suicide waiting to happen, and so much more.

Who can resist the headlong, 100mph blast to getting drunk on Sunday with the rocking Red, Red Wine, the lyrical brilliance of Valentine, and the lovely feeling of floating you get after a good bong hit with the beautiful ballad Skyway" I know I can't.

Paul Westerberg. What can you say about a guy like that. He plays all the guitars on this album. The raunchy, the loud, the quiet, the insanity. They may have been drunk when making this album, this band of drunks, but its one good argument for getting drunk. The Replacements would never be as great again, but hey they gave us this. Which is more then most bands poop out their sorry ass in a lifetime. So what does this album sound like" What will it do to you" It will change you, man. Your life. If it doesn't you aren't worth a s**t so just die now. Music like this is meant to be heard, not read about. And heard again and again and again. So go listen. And let mom and pops know their music sucked way back when, but your music rules now. #131 on the charts proves that. You know better. Yes you do. Even if it is 28 years after the fact.



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AngryJohnny
September 28th 2015


777 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

'It will change you, man. Your life. If it doesn't you aren't worth a s**t so just die now'



Is this for real? This is a great album and all, but come on. Was quite enjoying the style of the review up to this.



'Can't Hardly Wait' is an awesome song too.

IHateRadiohead
September 28th 2015


342 Comments


That change your life line kind of killed my want to listen to this album.

IanPhillips
September 28th 2015


22 Comments


Good, entertaining review - not sure about the ending "It will change you, man. Your life. If it doesn't you aren't worth a s**t so just die now" lol, but other than that great review.

AngryJohnny
September 28th 2015


777 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

'That change your life line kind of killed my want to listen to this album'



Don't let that put you off haha, although I'd check Let it Be and Tim before this if you haven't heard them

Yotimi
September 28th 2015


7443 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

always go back and forth with this and Tim for my second fav Mats.

JohnXDoesn't
September 29th 2015


1393 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

ah. i guess i should have wrote it would have changed your life. way back when, i suppose. considering what it was when it was first released



but anyway it was a tongue in cheek comment. i'm full of those. this is a great album so don't be too put off by it. give it a few listens or several if not heard before, with a backward glance to '87 for perspective when bands like this and REM and Pixies seemed they could never breakthrough, and you'll get it =]



to think even at that time this could not get played on rock radio is any serious way, and many rock fans simply ignored it, boggles the mind these days. its not like they didn't try. they even made a video!



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RYQ8Y-ObMw



lol. well someone made a video. not sure the band knew it :P

AngryJohnny
September 29th 2015


777 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I thought it might not be an entirely serious comment. It's a bit difficult to get things like that to come across as tongue in cheek in this sort of format but aside from that the review is a good read.

JohnXDoesn't
September 29th 2015


1393 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thanks angryjohnny! have a good one =]

jtswope
October 26th 2016


5784 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The Ledge, Red Red Wine, Skyway… so many gems on here.



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